Chess Wizards Buzz

Insanely Cool Chess Boards

on Thursday, Oct 14, 2021

There’s a whole world of cool and unique chess sets just waiting to be added to your collection!

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How to Become a Chess Grandmaster

on Tuesday, Oct 05, 2021

There are millions of chess players in the world, but only a little over 1,900 chess players have earned the title of Grandmaster.

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Who is Abhimanyu Mishra? The Youngest Grandmaster in the World

on Thursday, Sep 23, 2021

At just 12 years old, Abhimanyu Mishra has become the youngest Grandmaster in the world.

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6 Life Lessons from the Game of Chess

on Tuesday, Sep 14, 2021

Some of the most important lessons in life can be learned through the game of chess!

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Chess 101: Basics, History, and Fun Facts About the World's Most Popular Game

on Thursday, Sep 09, 2021

It's never too late to learn how to play chess—the most popular game in the world!

Whether you are new to the game or looking to impress your friends with some cool facts – we can help you learn a little more about chess with part 1 of this beginners guide.

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10 Reasons Why Your Child Should Start Playing Chess as a Young Age

on Wednesday, Sep 08, 2021

Since people develop the majority of their skills during their childhood years, it only makes sense to have your child take chess classes at a young age. 

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Perks of Working for Chess Wizards

on Wednesday, Sep 01, 2021

Want to know what it's like to be a teacher with Chess Wizards? Read on!

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Kosteniuk Wins Women's World Cup | 2021 FIDE World Cup: All the Information

on Tuesday, Aug 17, 2021

Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk won the 2021 Women's FIDE World Cup after drawing her second game with Grandmaster Aleksandra Goryachkina on Monday. 

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Recognizing Outstanding Wizards - August 2021

on Monday, Aug 16, 2021

Amanda is an amazing teacher, who really knows how to make her classroom fun!

She teaches chess classes both in-person and online, and still makes time to help train new staff members.

Thank you Amanda for your hard work and dedication to Chess Wizards!

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Board Games that Develop Thinking Abilities and Teach Life Skills

on Friday, Aug 06, 2021

When children go to school they’re taught reading, writing, and math, but what about life skills? Luckily, your kids can easily learn and thing or two about real life and the real world through fun, educational board games. 

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Tips for Teaching Good Sportsmanship

on Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021

Being a good sport means being able to win without bragging, respecting your opponents, and losing gracefully. Playing chess is an excellent way to learn and practice this important life skill.

With these tips, and a little practice, your child can become the definition of good sportsmanship!

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Improving Your Chess Game

on Thursday, Jun 24, 2021

While learning how to play chess can be easy, improving your chess game can be hard. Everyone learns at different speeds, and it can take years of practice to get to where you want to be.

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Super Cool Chess Books for Kids

on Friday, Jun 18, 2021

by Rachel Wells

Looking to nurture your child’s interest in the game of chess?

A great chess book is a great way to start! 

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Summer Camp Rocks

on Wednesday, Jun 09, 2021

by Rachel Wells

Summer camps offer a unique structured opportunity for children to grow and learn new skills while becoming more independent, self-confident, and social. It is critical that children continue to learn and grow during the summer months – and children who attend summer camps reap tons of benefits.

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10 Ways to Grab (and Keep!) Your Students’ Attention

on Wednesday, Jun 09, 2021

by Rachel Wells

If you are looking for ways to grab and KEEP your students’ attention during your lessons, it’s time to get creative and try some of these fun ideas that can be used right away.

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Benefits of Teaching Children to Play Chess

on Wednesday, Jun 09, 2021

by Rachel Wells

Chess is a game often synonymous with intelligence, and has been proven in many studies to be an excellent exercise for the brain. While chess may not help your biceps, your mental health can greatly benefit from playing. Chess has been proven to increase your IQ, improve memory function, help develop higher levels of creativity, simultaneously exercise both sides of the brain, help prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia, and increase a child’s problem solving skills. 

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Chess Wizards Running 2019 Chicago Marathon

on Wednesday, Jun 09, 2021

by Rachel Wells

One of our own, Artem Ishchenko, teamed up with Girls on the Run, to run the Chicago Marathon, and raise money for this amazing program. Girls on the Run is an activity based youth development program for girls ages 8 – 14. The organization was created to inspire girls to be healthy and confident, and inspire every girl to believe in their limitless potential. Their curriculum integrates running and physical activities into all their lessons. More than 85% of the girls that participate in the Girls on the Run program receive some sort of financial assistance.

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Stalemate

on Friday, Jun 12, 2020

by Rob Brose

A stalemate is a tie game. In a chess tournament, it is worth a half point, so it is a much more preferable outcome than a big fat zero when you lose.

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Recognizing Outstanding Wizards

on Friday, Jun 12, 2020

Sheoli has been an instructor with Chess Wizards for 3 years in the DC area. Sheoli is a great instructor and we really value her at Chess Wizards. She really enjoys working with kids and the schools love her. Sheoli has a very kind way about her and is able to make kids excited about chess. Thank you Sheoli for being an amazing chess instructor!

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FIDE Women’s Grand Prix 2019-2020

on Friday, Jun 12, 2020

The FIDE Women’s Grand Prix 2019-2020, is a series of four chess tournaments exclusively for women. The results of this tournament will qualify two players who will play in the Women’s Candidates Chess Championship in 2021.

The winner of the Candidate’s tournament will play a 12-game match against the world champion. Koneru Humpy from India, won the Sklolkovo FIDE Women’s Grand Prix, by making a draw in the final round against the reigning Women’s Champion Ju Wenjun from China. The “Indian Ace” won her first major championship after returning to competitive chess since the Batumi Olympiad in 2018.

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September Vocabulary: Promotion

on Friday, Jun 12, 2020

Promotion in chess is a rule that requires a pawn that reaches its eighth rank to be immediately replaced by the player’s choice of a queen, knight, rook, or bishop. The new piece replaces the pawn as part of the same move. The choice of new piece is not limited to pieces previously captured, therefor promotion can result in a player owning two or more queens.

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To Ask or Not to Ask? That is the Question...

on Friday, Jun 12, 2020

One of the most important things you can do in your class is to create a safe place for your students to learn. I always want my students to feel comfortable enough to be able to be themselves, which includes being able to ask questions confidently, and without feeling intimidated. From the very first day, in my introductory talk, I always tell my students that I love questions, and that there is no such thing as a silly question.

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Take Me Chess

on Friday, Jun 12, 2020

by Rob Brose

How many times have you moved a piece, maybe your Queen, to a square you thought was safe, maybe were even thinking, “Muahahahahaha! On my next move I’m going to checkmate their King, and win the game! This is going to be epic!

 

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Racing Kings

on Friday, Jun 12, 2020

by Rob Brose and Tim Dobbs

 

This variation game was first introduced to me by the great Wizard extraordinaire, Tim Dobbs, who is one of our Program Directors here at Chess Wizards. I don’t claim he’s the one who invented it, but he gets the credit for bringing this fun, challenging chess game to our classrooms.

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Pawntastic

on Friday, Jun 12, 2020

by Rob Brose

 

Pawntastic is the game we play with new students on their first day of chess class. It is a simple game that can be challenging in its own right, and is also great for practicing all of the other chess pieces. 

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Alien Colonization

on Friday, Jun 12, 2020

by Rob Brose

Today, Kids, Wizards and Readers, we are embarking upon our first journey to Kepler-438b, a planet orbiting in the ‘goldilocks zone’ of its red dwarf star, 470 light-years from our planet Terra. We have located an area that is ideal for human habitation which you should see on screen momentarily (it looks strikingly similar to an empty chess board).

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Chess Wizards is Hiring Nationwide

on Friday, Jun 12, 2020

Do you think you have what it takes to be a Wizard? Chess Wizards is always looking for qualified, enthusiastic individuals who can make education fun. Our instructors...

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The Knight

on Friday, Jun 12, 2020

With a high-pitched scream loud enough to cut through the clash and clang of the battlefield, the mighty war horse blocks the sun from your view as it rears on powerful hindquarters, pumping its sharp hooves as if swimming in air.  You need to dodge before you’re sliced and crushed, but where?  A horse on two legs can easily pivot left or right from its original direction… just like it does in chess, and the consequences on the board can be as devastating as they are in any battlefield! So, what can we do with this horsey on the board? Quite a bit, actually!

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En Passant – The Goofiest Chess Rule

on Friday, Jun 12, 2020

by Rob Brose

To try and help you visualize and define En Passant (Meaning: "in passing"), this strange, esoteric rule of chess, you’re going to need a 50 lb bucket of live octopus (slime would be a cheaper, more humane, but less interesting alternative), an extra bucket of seawater, chalk, a blanket, a bowl of homemade soup, $50, and a volunteer. Preferably a gullible one.

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October Vocabulary: Desperado

on Friday, Jun 12, 2020

Desperado is a Spanish word meaning ‘Out of Hope, or Desperate’.

In chess, a desperado is a piece that is en prise or trapped, but captures an enemy piece before it is captured itself.

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Recognizing Outstanding Wizards - March 2020

on Monday, Mar 16, 2020

Sandra Gibbons, OR

Sandra has been at Chess Wizards since August, 2019 and is an enthusiastic and dedicated instructor. Sandra is well organized, creative, and always wants to make sure her students have a great experience. 

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Bishop Basics

on Friday, Mar 13, 2020

The bishop piece may be the most challenging one on the board to truly master, but it is also one of the most important. Continue reading to learn about the history, uses, and role of the bishop. 

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Recognizing Outstanding Wizards – February 2020

on Thursday, Feb 20, 2020

Wil Coloma, WA

Wil is a lead instructor in WA who has been teaching with Chess Wizards for almost a year and a half. He has a great attitude, a wonderful sense of humor, and is always a big hit with both the schools and the students. He is extremely reliable and subs whenever he can. Wil also helps to train new instructors and he always gets great feedback from them, saying that he runs an awesome class! I’ve done a few classes with Wil and he makes sure his students have fun while learning at the same time. One of Wil’s greatest assets is his sense of humor that he uses in the classroom. His dedication to Chess Wizards is something to be admired. 

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Recognizing Outstanding Wizards - January 2020

on Friday, Jan 17, 2020

Robin McQuinn, WA

Robin is a lead instructor in WA who has been teaching with Chess Wizards for over a year. Her sense of humor and work ethic are two of the things that schools and students both love about Robin. She puts her heart and soul into each class, and will always help out whenever she can, be it subbing for other instructors, training new instructors, or teaching classes that we really need her to teach. She does everything with a great sense of humor and a wonderful attitude.

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Simple Chess Games to Play With Your Kids

on Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019

You don’t have to be a chess expert to enjoy a game of chess. In fact, you might be surprised to know that there are chess games you can play without fully knowing all the rules! Although I love the standard game, all of these ‘chess variation games’

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Recognizing Outstanding Wizards: Amy Hayes

on Sunday, Oct 13, 2019

Amy has been with Chess Wizards for over two years and is one of the best instructors in IL. She has a great knowledge of chess, and the schools love her! Amy is very responsible and is always willing to go the extra mile, help out, and to sub. She pays attention to detail, has a great attitude, and is very passionate about teaching!

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National Chess Day!

on Monday, Oct 07, 2019

Former U.S. President Gerald Ford announced the first National Chess Day on October 9th, 1976. Ever since, National Chess Day has been celebrated on the second Saturday in October. President Ford’s purpose in recognizing a National Chess Day, was to encourage individuals to engage in a game of chess and enhance their critical thinking skills.

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The Chess Rules

on Saturday, Aug 03, 2019

by Rob Brose

This isn’t the only place on the internet you can find the rules of chess, but it is by far the best. Why? We have a sense of humor, for starters.

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Welcome to the New Chess Wizards Website

on Thursday, Aug 22, 2013

We’ve spent the entire year working on an easier-to-use, more informative and interactive website. Registration is easier than it’s ever been. And once...

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